Urban Buzz (2018)

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Fingers on buzzers! Entries sought for TRADA's University Challenge


Students in architecture and engineering-related subjects are invited to enter TRADA’s prestigious University Challenge competition. Part of TRADA’s University Engagement Programme, Urban Buzz 2018 aims to inspire the next generation of timber trailblazers to design iconic buildings and engineering solutions in wood.


60 students from 24 universities will gather at the University of Sheffield on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of February to take part in an intense ‘charrette-style’ challenge, to conceive ways that timber can be used to create an ambitious timber multi-storey carpark.


Students will be divided into 12 teams to compete for cash prizes and an opportunity to showcase their talent to a distinguished audience and the national media.


TRADA’s University Challenge submissions will face the same scrutiny dished out by Jeremy Paxman, in the famous BBC quiz show.



Influential and successful timber design professionals from the world of business and science will be on hand to guide the teams to design a timber carpark that is not only aesthetically pleasing but considers the transition to a greater number of hybrid and electric cars in the future.


Students are also expected to find innovative timber solutions to making cities and towns healthier and more pleasant places to work and live.


TRADA’s Rupert Scott says: “We welcome entries to Urban Buzz 2018 which, thanks to the support of our notable judges and sponsors, promises to be our most exciting and challenging competition to-date.


“It is tremendously encouraging to see so many young people thinking about wood in innovative ways and exploring a career in timber.


“TRADA’s University Challenge competition attracts the brightest and best in British architecture and engineering, providing the perfect opportunity for students to impress prospective employers and for businesses to connect with timber talent of the future.”


For more detailed information about the challenge, please click here.


To download an application form, please click here.